More Texas State Championship High School Football

by BoCarter | Posted on Friday, December 21st, 2012

Corsicana Mildred- East Bernard HS 2A, Division II Texas state championship (Dec. 20)
High School Football – at Cowboys Stadium – East Bernard 56, Mildred 14

ARLINGTON, Texas – East Bernard struck early and applied its pressure defense against Corsicana Mildred to down the Eagles 56-14 in the Class 2A, Division II state championship Thursday night at Cowboys Stadium.
In Mildred’s first trip to the state football championship, the Eagles’ Cinderella slipper cracked early as East Bernard scored on three of its first four possessions. Only RB-DB Draylon Sterling’s fifth pass interception of the year snuffed another possible Brahmas’ scoring try in the red zone.
East Bernard, now a school-record 15-0 and noted for its 2012 defensive prowess, had five shutouts in ‘12, allowed only 45 points in six postseason games and did not disappoint its large contingent on hand from Wharton County.
The junior class-dominated Brahmas from the largely-Czech ancestry community near Houston scored on their first play from scrimmage on an seven-yard sortie by RB Garrett Polak just 1:55 into the contest. Do-everything QB/RB/WR Ty Slania (who has committed to TCU and had a hand in 34 TDs in his first 14 outings) returned a Mildred punt 23 yards after EBHS had a 14-yard sack (one of two totaling 26 yards in the first quarter) to force a punt from the end zone.
CMHS was able to offset some of the East Bernard pressure with a hurry-up offense, but the Brahmas repeatedly stiffened against the All-State RB Sterling, who entered the contest with 1,914 yards rushing and 34 TDs this year). Sterling ended with 16 carries for just 34 yards on the ground.
EB’s Slania resembled a not-much-older QB counterpart named Johnny “Heisman” Manziel of Texas A&M (the Brahmas also are outfitted in Maroon and White) on some of his runs, particularly a 35-yard touchdown dash in the first quarter where he outran everyone to give EBHS a 14-0 advantage. The winners held usually high-powered CMHS to 23 yards of total offense in the opening period and held a 253-47 total yards’ bulge (with 60 passing yards by Mildred) at intermission.
East Bernard virtually dominated the line of scrimmage from the beginning with 514 team rushing yards (210 in the first half, 304 in the final 24 minutes) while operating from the old fashioned Slot T offensive formation with two tight ends almost all evening. The Brahmas had 14.3 yards rushing per carry as a team.
Slania paced the Brahmas balanced ground game with seven carries for 167 yards (24 yards per carry) and four TDs as EBHS scored 14 points in each of the first three quarters (21 in the third). Mildred QB Nic Shimonek had to resort to the air game early and ended with 163 yards passing on 16-of-27 attempts despite being under constant pressure from the East Bernard front seven.
The Eagles avoided being another Brahmas’ shutout victim by mounting a mid-third quarter drive. Shimonek (an Iowa verbal commitment with 8,000-plus career passing yards and more than 80 TD tosses, 35 this season) found WR Jonathan Harrison in the corner of the end zone with 4:08 left and threw another 18-yarder to Raleigh Selhemier later in the third.
East Bernard captured its second all-time state crown after earlier winning in 1977. Texas A&M All-America and Oakland Raiders All-Pro punter Shane Lechler is one one of EBHS’ famed football grads.
Mildred ended the season with its most wins (13) in school history, and head coach Frank Harvell (the only U. of North Texas grad among the 12 head coaches who took their teams to the nine state title contests at Cowboys Stadium) guided the Eagles to 12 consecutive victories after Centreville downed CMHS in Week Two of the campaign.
State Championship Notes: The combined crowds for the first three Class A (two divisions) and 2A Division II was 21,710…Best name among the head coaches in the finals is Rusty Nail of Mart HS near Waco…East Bernard played several school songs related to Texas A&M athletics tunes…The 2012 edition of Texas state playoffs (the 93rd annual since 1920 when Houston Heights tied Cleburne 0-0) was missing the likes of eight-time state titlists Celina and Southlake Carroll along with seven-time winners Abilene, Brownwood and Plano)…Two participants in recent Herbstreit Texas Labor Day Series games made it to state championships. Denton Guyer and Cedar Hill competed in the 5A finals in different divisions while Herbstreit mainstays Euless Trinity, DeSoto and Dallas Skyline HS advanced deeply into the postseason…West Texas teams prevailed in the first two Class A title tilts with Munday topping Tenaha 42-14 and Sta,ford edging Mart 35-28 earlier Thursday…In ’12 over 170 former Texas high school standouts are on NFL rosters…Houston Lamar HS is the first HISD school to make the state gridiron championship since 1992…Saturday night title contender Allen Eagles had senior LB Jake Wofford playing his final prep contest with good bloodlines. His father Jimmy Wofford was a third baseman in baseball at Austin Peay, and he is a relative of former Sheffield (Ala.) HS legend. U.S. Third Army and Vanderbilt offensive lineman the late Sam Carter.
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Stats from Corsicana Mildred-Nocona 2A Division II Region Final HS Football – Dec. 21, 2012
(Contact: Bo Carter 214-418-6132 or 972-492-3915; scarter5@twu.edu)

BOX SCORE

Corsicana Mildred 0 0 14 0 – 14
East Bernard 14 14 21 7 – 56

EB – Garrett Polak 7 run (Derrick Rucka kick)

EB – Ty Slania 35 run (Rucka kick)

EB – Cedrick Perkins 47 run (Rucka kick)

EB – Nathan Hlvinka 20 pass from Ty Slania (Rucka kick)

EB – Ty Slania 1 run (Rucka kick)

MIL – Jonathan Harrison 6 pass from Nic Shimonek (Devin O’Sullivan kick)

EB – Ty Slanina 76 run (Ricka kick)

MIL – Raleigh Seilheimer 18 pass from Nic Shimonek (O’Sullivan kick)

EB – Cedrick Perkins 39 run (Rucka kick)

EB – Ty Slania 12 run (Rucka kick)

Team Statistics

MIL EB

First Downs 15 22

Rushing Yards 38-64 36-514

Passing Yards 163 47

Passing 16-27-163 4-7-47

Punts-Avg 5-36.4 1-41.0

Penalties 4-28 7-74

Fumbles-Lost 1-0 1-0

INDIVIDUAL LEADERS

Rushing – MIL: Jeremy Ballard 6-56; Draylon Sterling 16-35; Raleigh Seilheimer 1-2; Nathan Childress 2-2; Mikey Muncy 1-1; Nic Shimonek 13-(-31). EB: Ty Slania 7-167; Cedrick Perkins 5-139; Joc Richardson 13-106; Garrett Polak 5-46; Grant Aschenbeck 2-29; Nick Mica 4-27.

Passing – MIL: Nic Shimonek 16-27-0-163. EB: Ty Slania 2-2-0-32; Grant Aschenbeck 2-5-1-15.

Receiving – MIL: Mikey Muncy 4-75; Raleigh Seilheimer 4-31; Will Burnham 3-24; Jonathan Harrison 2-15; Draylon Sterling 2-13; Jeremy Ballard 1-5. EB: Nathan Hlvinka 1-20; Victor Pettit 1-12; Justin McGuire 1-11; Trevor Long 1-4.

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